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CryptoGrammy (#46897564)
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Bio Photo Grief never ends,
but it changes.
It is a passage,
not a place to stay.
Grief is not a sign of
weakness or lack of faith...
it is the price of love.

The above is thought to be based on a eulogy Queen Elizabeth made for her sister Princess Margaret.

I don't make more than a couple memorials a day on average, but have done research into the families of lots of them...same for many whose pictures I post...making me gladly able to help with most anyone's ancestral brick walls however I can.

While Google-ing along roads we biked over 50 years ago, I've noticed some homes, buildings, and even streets in my elementary school neighborhood missing while others are basically unchanged...made me think I should keep add/linking together those families I grew up with...sure wish my home-town newspaper archives were online so I could find the details of a murder that involved the Green Wing Grocery!

Obviously FindAGrave is like any other pyramid-type as the membership increases, memorials and pictures left to be added decrease. There are already over 125,000,000 memorials; so considering that half the people who ever lived on Planet Earth are living now, and that it's unknown where over 90% of the dead many does that leave? -LOL and go figure.

The picture "request" function started around mid-2007, and pix were limited in size to 250K: a comparatively tiny 1/32 of 8M now allowed; at first there was only one guy and me taking pix in Arlington National (all that white granite for matching military markers comes from Vermont...not China :^), and there weren't many requests, so you can see how membership and contributions have exploded! I've had to tell my eager grandboy that there will probably be little picture-taking left to do when another seven years pass, just always recent deaths to add.

Fodder is running lower, but there are still helpful and personally-rewarding "angel" tasks to be done...2015 is bringing FaG-ers the ability to upload pic from onsite, and then others to help with the transcriptions.

ANY information on privately-owned and defunct burial places is still ALWAYS appreciated by those seeking the trails of their ancestors...are they still there lying unmarked and disrespected? Were they moved elsewhere? Are they near other family and/or friends? I was gladly able to do this for the cemetery nearest to me in kidhood that I never knew about way back then ~ when I held my breath in passing cemeteries ~ as it was already defunct...altho' one of my brothers once found a toppled headstone while bike-riding (him, not the headstone) dirt roads there.

Those who are willing & able: little burial grounds usually need cleaning and repairs; but don't go alone, and be careful ~ I myself have encountered snakes and Black Widow spiders...and been told creepy tales about the LIVING I might encounter. Which reminds me I did visit one cemetery that had a houseless person living in it...not home, but I didn't want to bother his belongings.

You many kind, prolific contributors might try adding people from their death records found online...including from where you got the data and that they probably have no marker so the living don't get false hope for a picture.

Other Less-Important Stuff:

Some might think others of us are too possessive about pictures we take/post, but you probably haven't encountered a self-aggrandizer who deletes memorials after lifting the pictures others added to them and then remakes the memorials with same pictures claimed as their own. As on any real city block, not everything is hunky-dory here; and not all the neighbors are nice. It takes just one laughable rotten apple plus a few manipulators, stalkers, and green-eyed game players...especially the ones who post DUPLICATE wrong poor-quality pictures on purpose &/or put burials/cremations willy-nilly into incorrect cemeteries just to inflate their "contributions" and then get huffy & vindictive when others notice the obvious, require rules for the rest of us in the neighborhood barrel while supplying some inappropriate comedy to those who see through them ~ :).

COMMENTS ON MESSAGES TO ME ABOUT COPYRIGHT ISSUES, INCLUDING FindAGrave's OWN rules and regulations, found here ~ FindAGrave FAQs ~ which admonish, among else: >>The copyright of all photos posted to Find A Grave remains with the original submitter. No use of photos for any other website or personal use is given without prior consent of the original submitter.<<

You can use pictures I've taken and posted on this site in your online family trees by making a connective link to the original and/or including " FindAGrave member #46897564"; none may be sold and/or exchanged for any type of payment.

I found including biographies & obits helpful, but they are against site rules unless I/you own the copyrights so do not ask me to add any to memorials unless you can include ownership assurance.

My Reasons for Being on FindAGrave:

I oversaw the newsletter of Colonel David Hackworth, military author/ commentator/ columnist with 8 Purple Hearts, for several years until he died from the effects of Agent Blue (used along with Agent Orange in Vietnam) while my husband was off in a war zone; at which time I needed a new focus and determined to pin-point our then-totally-unknown ancestors: at least 28 Revolutionary War Patriots, his Mayflower and Salem "witch" ancestors, my Swedish "hanky-panky in the palace" & Scottish Robert the Bruce people...and many *ships who pass in the night* ~ then sometimes remain friends ~ who have been great fun, challenges, and blessings to find.

So, at the onset in 2005, I was first able to find basic facts of the missing Major James Powell, and began a two-year mission to restore his legacy which was lost upon his death at Shiloh 145 years ago today as I write this 06APRIL2007. This long walk, still being shared with both living and non-bodied souls, is what educated me in how to usually quite rapidly find pertinent data for you "strangers," which I still remain happily willing to do!

My biggest peeve in research was seeing my favorite greatgrandmother constantly referred to as "Mrs. G.: husband's first initial and married name" ~ most ALL females losing their identities* up into the 1960s; so I'm elated whenever I successfully work the puzzles ~ better than word math, sudoku, or cryptograms ~ of finding and posting ladies' maiden names as the most appropriate and long-lasting FLOWERS to their memories, and alas, I still have just ONE nee name in my own Heck(ofA)family to dig up.

*Since transcribing others' photos on FindAGrave, gotta note it's been delightful to see cemeteries in Canada that almost ALWAYS include ladies' maiden names on tombstones.

May all of Granny Vance's roses perpetually bloom bright and happy!🍹

The book of life is brief,
And once the pages read
All but love is dead:
That is my belief.
(Bobby Goldsboro, 1960s)

God is Love.
(1 John 4:8)
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Diane Gravlee
Stone-Johnson photo
Thank you so very much for the very nice photos for Sophia and James Johnson. I love it when someone does a photo of the marker and then a close up of the inscription. Much appreciated since I live in S. Carolina.
Added by Diane Gravlee on Jul 07, 2015 6:30 PM
Olin E. Hartley
Couse Family
Thanks so much for fulfilling my two requests on the Couse Family in the Mount View Cemetery. This was a big "find" for me and I appreciate you doing this for me.

Best regards,

Added by Olin E. Hartley on Jul 07, 2015 4:01 PM
Jennifer Higgins Wenzel
Thank you very much for your time in getting the pic for Roy Wheaton
Added by Jennifer Higgins Wenzel on Jul 06, 2015 9:05 AM
James A Gamblin
Sophia Rigdon
Thank you for the picture of Sophia's grave site.
Added by James A Gamblin on Jul 04, 2015 4:50 PM
T Davis
Jordan Lafayette Howell and Elizabeth Susan Johnson
Just a little extra and corrected information you can add to these memorials. I know most of your information came from Pike county history book, but some of that is incorrect. Jordan Lafayette Howell was the son of Jordan Howell (Jr.) and Mrs. Hannah Handy Howell of Fayetteville, Cumberland County, NC. He had two sisters, Charlotte W. Howell who married merchant and Dr. Allen Newsome of Davidson County, NC in 1841 in Stanly County and Clarrissa Howell who married Jeremiah B. Broadway of Anson/Stanly County, NC, who migrated to Alabama. Jeremiah Broadway eventually ended up in Muscogee after Clarissa died.

After their father died in 1836, (he was a merchant), the girls went to live with their grandparents in Stanly County. Jordan L. Howell remained in the apprenticeship with his father's business partner, Paris Tillinghast and relocated to Columbus, Georgia.

Hannah Handy Howell was from New York and remarried a Shipton Jones after Jordans death and she lived not long after that, maybe 9 years.

Jordan Howell was from Anson/Stanly County. He was the son of Richard Howell and Sarah Winfield Howell. They had 4 children: Peter, Jordan, John W. and Charlotte. Peter remained in Anson County and was a farmer. Charlotte married a minister, Rev. Levi Stancill, and moved to Georgia. Jordan and John W. Howell relocated to Fayetteville and was helped into business by Job Davis, their stepfather, who married Sarah Winfield Howell after Richard died. John W. Howell married Clarissa, widow of Nathan Pearce, no children. John W. was the administrator of Jordan's estate and after John W. Howell died, his stepson, J. W. Pearce was admin. and settled with Peter Howell and Charlotte and Levi Stancill. It's all in the records.

Jordan and Hannah may have had another son, thought to be named Edward (or Edwin) Winfield Howell. Edward Winfield was the name of Sarah Winfields grandfather.

Richard Howell had a brother named Jordan who married Martha Randall. If they were related to Varina Howell Davis, that relation is unknown.
Added by T Davis on Jul 02, 2015 7:41 AM
Armstrong History
Dennis Patterson
Would love to hear any stories or memories you have of Dennis or his family . . . my email is
Added by Armstrong History on Jun 30, 2015 10:28 PM
Gail Cline
RE: Thank you
Hello - Thank-you very much !
Those were my grandparents - my mother's
parents !
When Stuart passed away my mother was in
Brooklyn at the time of his passing.
My mother & Stuart very close.
When Stuart passed away my mother took it very
He passed away from smoking.
Stuart was very nice person, nothing like
his wife Ruth.
I have fonder memories of Stuart!
Stuart played croquet in Angelica - cared for
the grounds. Something he clearly enjoyed!
Ruth had taught school over t Friendship for
many years & had Dorothy at 35.
Soon after Stuart passed away, my parents
went to their house in Angelica & emptied
it out so they could sell it.
I wanted a lot out of their house
but unfortunately total strangers came into
their house & took what they wanted !
The whole thing was so very sad!
Ruth had Fiesta dishes all of the colors
I wanted them & my mother knew it.
She just "gave them away".
Thanks so much for the pictures !
Added by Gail Cline on Jun 30, 2015 10:23 AM
Jan Bos from Nijmegen, Holland
Pfc Edward C. Pearson
thank you for your permission, of course you will be credited and notified when the book on DVD will be available

Jan Bos
Nijmegen, Holland
Added by Jan Bos from Nijmegen, Ho... on Jun 30, 2015 10:22 AM
Jan Bos from Nijmegen, Holland
Pfc Edward C. Pearson
Pfc Edward C. Pearson was a soldier in the Anti-Tank Company, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division. His unit participated in operation Husky, the invasion of Sicily, which started on 10 July 1943. The following day Pfc Pearson was killed near the Ponte Olivo airport north of Gela. He was buried in a field grave two days later on Niscemi road (north of the airfield).
The remains of Pfc Pearson were exhumed and buried in the temporary American GELA CEMETERY (oppostite the airfield). He was buried in grave C-33-387, date of burial 26 July 1943. After the war his remains repariated and buried in the Maple Grove Cemetery in Friendship, N.Y.

I am writing a book about the GELA CEMETERY and almost finished, hope to publish it next month. You took a picture of his grave and I would like to ask your permission to use the picture for my project.

Thank you

Jan Bos
Nijmegen, Holland
Added by Jan Bos from Nijmegen, Ho... on Jun 30, 2015 12:38 AM
Armstrong History
Thank you for adding the memorial page for Dennis Charles Patterson!
Added by Armstrong History on Jun 29, 2015 8:03 PM
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